India-China to resume joint military exercise
In a move to increase the ties between the Indian Army and the Chinese Army, the two countries will be resuming the joint military exercise and the annual “hand-in-hand exercise”. It is believed that China will send the invite to India to conduct the hand-in-hand exercise.
Last year the exercise was not conducted due to a 73-day military standoff at Doklam, which is tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China. Even in 2016, the exercise was not conducted after China refused to give visas to then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen BS Jaswal citing J&K was a disputed territory.
So far, there had been six editions of a “hand-in-hand” exercise in between 2010 and 2014. In 2016, both countries conducted the first exercise in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
Both the countries in 2015 pledged to increase border defense cooperation at India-China joint statement which was held in Beijing.